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Extended Learning


Hanover High School students have the opportunity to take courses at the Hartford Area Career and Technical Center (HACTC).
Juniors have the option of committing to a 6-credit program, with 3 credits junior year and 3 credits senior year. HATAC presents to all 10th grade health classes. Students interested in applying should notify their counselor and are required to attend an orientation day at HACTC in late February/early March. Applications are typically due the first or second week in March. Return completed applications, including parent signature to your Hanover High School counselor. Admitted students meet with their counselor in April to schedule their Hanover High School courses.
Consideration for Admission

Sophomores may participate in HACTC's Career Technology Education (CTE) program. This program is available to five Hanover High School sophomores. The program includes a full credit of English, technical math and art. A presentation of the program is available in March to interested 9th graders with a visit in April. Interested students should meet with their Hanover High School counselor.

Students interested in STEM at HATAC should meet with the school counselor.

For more information about HACTC current year course offerings, please visit our Program of Studies.

    HACTC Courses

    Automotive Technology

    Automotive Technology trains students to jump in and get their hands dirty. With eight different shop vehicles to practice on, students learn by completing projects for themselves. Once lessons are mastered, students may begin working on “live jobs”, where community members bring vehicles to school for maintenance and repair. For even more real-time exposure, students in the Automotive Technology program participate in the AYES Program (Automotive Youth Educational Systems) which prepares them for certified internships and potential job placement with a local dealership. The Auto Tech program is also NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certified.

    Embedded High School Credit: Science

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit: Introduction to Automotive Services, 3 credits, Lakes Region Community College; Steering and Suspension Systems, 3 credits, Vermont Technical College

    Articulation Agreements for Advanced Standing: Universal Technical Institute; University of Northwestern Ohio; Lakes Region Community College

    Industry Certifications: Lift it Right Certification; S/P2 Environmental Safety Training Certification

    Building Trades

    Building Trades students get hands-on access to professional trades while they work to build a house from the ground up. This program is certified by the Association of General Contractors of Vermont, and guides students through building a brand new, energy-efficient house from beginning to end on a two-year cycle. During this process, students will learn everything from beginning tool safety and blueprint reading through residential plumbing and electrical. Upon program completion, students are qualified to walk into most entry-level positions within the building trades arena. Students may also choose to use the program’s articulation agreement and begin studies at Vermont Technical College or even pursue an apprenticeship through the Vermont Department of Labor.

    Embedded High School Credit: Math

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit: None at this time.

    Articulation Agreement for Direct Entry: Vermont Technical College

    Industry Certification: Vermont Association of General Contractors

    Business Administration

    Business Administration students are people who want to develop the business professionals lurking within them. This program leads students through all aspects of the business world, from accounting and personal finance to marketing and professional communications. Students develop their own sharp business skills through individual and group projects, cooperative job placements, and guest lectures from industry professionals. Business Administration students stay active by participating in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), earning up to nine different college credits, building a professional business and communications portfolio, and earning two different industry recognized certifications.

    Embedded High School Credit: English

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit: Word Processing, 3 credits, River Valley Community College (RVCC); Introduction to Computer Applications, 3 credits, RVCC; Fundamentals of Accounting, 3 credits, RVCC

    Articulation Agreement for Advanced Standing: Johnson State College

    Industry Certifications: Microsoft Word Specialist Certification; CareerSafe OSHA Certification; Personal Finance

    Career and Technology Exploration

    Embedded High School Credits: English, Math, Art

    Career and Technology Exploration (CTE) is a unique program at the HACTC, open only to high school sophomores. Students are referred for admission to the CTE program by their school counselor. The CTE model offers a unique and holistic learning experience in a non-traditional classroom. Small group and one-on-one instruction are key to helping CTE students reconnect to their own educational experience. The more individualized and supported instruction is vital in helping students find success in school and improving their overall educational experience. The CTE program helps students earn high school credits while providing exposure to Career and Technical Education. Students cycle back and forth between time in the classroom and placements in the HACTC technical programs, giving students a hands-on introduction to HACTC opportunities. Upon successful completion of the CTE program, students may select a HACTC program to apply to for his or her junior year.

    Collision Repair and Refinishing

    Students in Collision Repair get to use top of the line equipment such as the DeVilbiss semi downdraft paint booth, PPG paint mixing system, and a commercial quality vinyl cutting machine. The curriculum focuses on mechanical body repair and replacement, sanding, masking, painting, and use and care of high tech spray equipment. With permission from the instructor, students may work on “live jobs” brought in by the local community. This program is NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certified.

    Embedded High School Credit: Math or Science

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit: Basic Collision Repair, 4 credits, Nashua Community College

    Articulation Agreements for Advanced Standing: Nashville Auto Diesel College; Nashua Community College; Ohio Technical College

    Industrial Certifications: S/P2 Environmental Safety Training Certification; PPG Refinisher Certification; 10 hour OSHA certification


    Cosmetology is for creative thinkers who enjoy working with people and want a career in the beauty industry. Students in this program learn the basics of hair, nails, and skin in a hands-on learning lab environment.Working in a real-life environment helps students learn important business skills such as professional image and leadership, state laws and regulations, receptionist skills, client handling, employee retention and salon management. Students from this program may earn several industry certifications by the end of their junior year giving them a competitive edge in both the career and educational pursuits. Hours spent in program can be applied towards state licensure and even towards training hours at most post-secondary cosmetology programs.

    Embedded High School Credit: Science

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit: None at this time.

    Articulation Agreements for Advanced Standing: New England School of Hair Design, Keene Beauty Academy, Bedford Paul Mitchell

    Industry Certifications: S/P2 Cosmetology, Barbicide Certification, Hair Design

    Culinary Arts

    The Culinary Arts program teaches a full academic curriculum while at the same time running the “Get-Away” Restaurant, a small cafe-style dining room open to the public for lunch. Culinary students not only learn fundamental culinary and bake shop skills, but in this hands-on lab, students also learn customer service skills, as well as health, safety, and sanitation procedures.

    Embedded High School Credit: Science

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit: Introduction to Food and Beverage Management, 3 credits, New England Culinary Institute; Culinary Fundamentals, 3 credits, Lakes Region Community College

    Articulation Agreements for Advanced Standing: Culinary Institute of America; New England Culinary Institute; New Hampshire Culinary Institute; Lakes Region Community College

    Industry Certifications: American Culinary Federation Validated Graduate Certification; Careersafe OSHA Certification; ServSafe Food Handler

    Design, Illustration & Media Arts

    The Design, Illustration & Media Arts (DIMA) program at HACTC is full of creative thinkers. Students in both levels work through projects that introduce them to many different aspects of this exciting industry while still exploring their personal interests through self-directed projects. Students can earn up to twelve college credits as well as six different Adobe certifications while learning how to use state-of-the-art software and hardware. Students also accept “live jobs” from the public sector and must learn how to create professional quality work products and follow real-world timelines.

    Embedded High School Credit: Art

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit:

    Digital Photography, 3 credits, Lakes Region Community College

    Digital Software Essentials, 3 credits, Lakes Region Community College

    Intro to Cinematography, 3 credits, Lakes Region Community College

    Website Design, 3 credits, Lakes Region Community College

    Portfolio, 1 credit, Lakes Region Community College

    Articulation Agreements for Advanced Standing: Lyndon State College, Johnson State College

    Industry Certifications: Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC); Adobe Dreamweaver CC; Adobe Flash CC; Adobe Illustrator CC; Adobe InDesign CC; CareerSafe OSHA Certification

    Health Sciences

    Students in Health Sciences (HS) build a strong foundation of academic and practical knowledge in general health care. HS offers students a springboard into nursing programs, EMT training, sports medicine, physical therapy, imaging sciences, elder care, and dentistry. Program completers may earn up to nine college credits and five industry certifications to help them on their career path. Those wishing to distinguish themselves often do so through the National Technical Honor Society and HOSA, a student leadership program for future health professionals. HS students are actively engaged in the field through volunteer work and Cooperative work placements.

    Embedded High School Credit: Science

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit:

    Medical Terminology, 3 credits, River Valley Community College

    Human Biology, 3 credits, Community College of Vermont

    Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits, Vermont Technical College

    Articulation Agreement for Advanced Standing: None at this time

    Industry Certifications: Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers: CPR and AED,

    First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, CareerSafe OSHA Certification

    Human Services

    Human Services students study the full span of human development. Focus begins with birth and early childhood education, and moves through to elder care and end-of-life issues. Field trips, guest speakers and practicum/field experiences all highlight local programs and careers that address human service needs for different segments of the population. These segments include: families in poverty, people with disabilities, the homeless, children and elderly. Students have full access to helping professions of their choosing. Human Services offers students a springboard into professions such as: teachers, probation officers, activities directors, therapists, social workers and many other related career pathways. All students are given the option to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

    Embedded High School Credit: Social Studies

    Industry Certifications: Heartsaver CPR, AED and First Aid; Vermont Child Care Industry Careers Council Certifications, Center Early Childhood Regulation Training (ECRT)

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit: Communication in the Early Childhood Education and After-School Workplace, 3 credits, Community College of Vermont

    Articulation Agreement for Advanced Standing: Johnson State College

    Industrial Mechanics and Welding

    The Industrial Mechanics and Welding (IMW) program is for creative thinkers who enjoy designing and fabricating. In the IMW facility, students work on projects ranging from metal art, to building with a CNC machine, to designing and building a wood chip boiler, an electric vehicle and street rods. Students have over 28 pieces of major shop equipment at their disposal including a 48”X 96” CNC plasma cutting table. The IMW program enjoys a unique friendship with Hypertherm Inc. who has established scholarships for two IMW seniors each year.

    Embedded High School Credit: Science

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit: Machining Processing, River Valley Community College, 4 credits

    Articulation Agreement for Advanced Standing: University of Northwestern Ohio

    Industry Certification: S/P2 Environmental Safety Training Certification

    Natural Resources

    Our mission in the Natural Resources (NR) program is to expose and get students excited about outdoor-related careers. The six main areas of our curriculum are forestry, natural history, diversified agriculture, horticulture, water and soils. Safety, equipment usage, and teamwork are very large parts of the program as well. Students participate in leadership training and regional competitions through the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Hopefully after two years in the program, students find an area of high interest, and take steps to secure a job or further their education in a related field. Examples of careers that NR students have pursued include: arborist, floral designer, forester, water management, heavy equipment operator, land management, furniture builder, state inspector, and outdoor recreation, among many others. Come visit us and see all the things we do.

    Embedded High School Credit: Science

    Concurrent Enrollment for College Credit: Burls to Boards, 3 credits, Vermont Technical College

    Articulation Agreements for Advanced Standing: Paul Smith’s College; SUNY Cobleskill

    Industry Certifications:

    Chainsaw Safety and Usage Certifications; Levels I and II First Aid and CPR Certifications; Game of Logging I and II

    STEM - Introduction to Engineering Design

    Using the Project Lead the Way curriculum, Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) students dig deep into the engineering process. This program focuses on applying math, science and engineering theory to hands-on projects. Students will work both individually and in teams using 3D modeling software and real-life project assembly. Project progression will be charted and documented both in an engineering journal and in the Digital Assessment Tool.

    Semester-long students may choose to receive: 1.5 credits in Engineering, OR 1 credit Pre-calculus and 1 credit Engineering

    Year-long students may receive: 1 credit Algebra II, 1 credit Engineering, and 1 credit Technology

    STEM - Principles of Engineering

    While using the Project Lead the Way curriculum, Principles of Engineering (POE) students work through problems that engage and challenge, while exploring a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving.

    Semester-long students may choose to receive: 1.5 credits in Engineering, OR 1 credit Physics and 1 credit Engineering

    Dartmouth Courses

    Students interested in taking a Dartmouth course should refer to the guidelines below and consult with his/her guidance counselor.

    The following guidelines were developed with the Dean's Office at Dartmouth College. The general expectations for applying to take a Dartmouth Course while a student at Hanover High School are as follows:


    1. The student’s academic performance must be strong in all areas. Students approved to take Dartmouth courses generally rank in the top quarter of their class.
    2. The student should usually be in his/her junior or senior year.
    3. The student must have completed successfully (generally at an A-/A level) all course work at Hanover High School in the chosen field.
    4. The student must be a full-time student in the high school. This is defined as carrying the recommended five courses, with the Dartmouth course counting as one or two of them.
    5. During a student’s time at Hanover High School, the student may take a limit of four Dartmouth courses over 2 years but no more than one Dartmouth course per Dartmouth term.
    6. Once a student is enrolled in a Dartmouth course, a) the student is expected to complete the course unless he/she is forced to drop out for health reasons, and b) the student falls under the grading policies of Dartmouth College for that part of his/her program. Grades earned at Dartmouth will become part of the permanent record of the student.
    7. No Hanover High School student is to approach a Dartmouth instructor for admittance to a course as part of his/her high school program before he/she has made application through the high school’s Guidance Department.
    8. Once started students may continue taking Dartmouth courses as long as they earn grades of “B” or better

    Dartmouth College's Application Information

    Dual Enrollment

    Hanover High School's Calculus, Prob/Stat and Math Investigations courses are part of the Community College System of New Hampshire's Running Start Program, which allows students to earn high school and college credit concurrently. These Running Start courses follow a college curriculum and are taught by a Master's level teachers who are adjunct college professors within the Community College System of New Hampshire.
    The cost is $150 per course. Calculus students receive 8 college credits (4 per semester) and Prop/Stat and Math Investigations each receive 4 college credits.

    Students will not be able to transfer credit if they receive below a C in the course.
    Registration in the Running Start Program is optional. A Running Start Rep visits courses a week or two into the course and registration is due a few weeks later. More information

    Early College

    Vermont's Early College Program is available for Vermont students only. Interested students must meet with their counselor their junior year. The Early College Program requires Hanover High School approval. More information

    Independent Learning Course Opportunities

    The Personalized Learning Department (PLP), offers two semester-long, credit-earning, independent courses, Dresden Plan Independent Study and Senior Bridges Interdisciplinary Project.